The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory for Americans’ favorite holiday destinations including Mexico and the Dominican Republic. The warnings come amid ‘unprecedented’ Covid-19 risks around the globe.
The Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory was issued to over 100 countries as the U.S. State Department said they were bringing their travel advisory system in line with the CDC warnings.
“As travelers face ongoing risks due COVID-19, we have updated our Travel Advisories to better reflect the CDC’s science-based Travel Health Notices,” stated the US State Department on Twitter.
“We also considered logistics like testing availability and travel restrictions for U.S. citizens.”
Other popular destinations for Americans included in the level 4 warnings were:
- Costa Rica
- Turks and Caicos
What Travelers Need To Know About The Advisories
Two of Americans favorite destinations, Mexico and the Dominican Republic were both upgraded from a level 3 to a level 4 travel advisory. All travelers with upcoming trips to level 4 destinations should check with their travel insurance providers to see if they are still covered under a level 4 advisory. Some travel insurance companies do not cover travelers when the highest level of advisory is issued.
Both Mexico and the Dominican Republic were upgraded ‘Due to Covid-19’ according to the State Department. The latest recommendations come as the pandemic “continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers,” and the new guidelines “better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s science-based Travel Health Notices,” according to the notice.
The updated travel advisories are intended to curb traveling “to approximately 80% of countries worldwide” that are experiencing dramatic spikes in cases, the department said in a statement.
“In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad,” it said.
The United States hasn’t had a global advisory warning against international travel since August, when the advisory was revoked by the Trump administration.
The advice issued by the U.S. State department isn’t a formal global advisory. Instead, it says the State Department will start using CDC standards as it prepares health and safety guidelines for individual countries. Because of those standards, about 80% of countries will be classified as “Level 4” or “do not travel.”
See all travel advisories issued by the US State Department.
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